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Prodigy #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Rafael Albuquerque Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 5, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 17
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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Edison Crane's not content being the world's smartest man and most successful businessman-his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He's a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, genius composer, Olympic athlete, an expert in the occult, and now international governments are calling on him to fix problems they just can't handle.

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Nov 7, 2018

    Rafael Albuquerque is a monster, and I'm so glad he's the one who gets to depict the characters in this comic. The one test I always remain true to with my reviews, is an artist's ability to draw the hair of POC, and Black people in particular. Obviously, this comic features a Black man, so Albuquerque had to be extremely confident in his capabilities. Aided by the fire coloring skills ofMarcelo Maiolo, the hair textures are on point. Edison's fresh-cut game progresses and changes as he grows. When we get to the meat and potatoes of this story, we witness a couple different looks from the foreign governments he works for and the assistants that help him throughout the day. Candice seems to be his PR/social media guru, and his Alfred-type homie keeps Edison fresh while maintaining a cool hipster look. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 13, 2018

    By now, fans of Millar will kind of know what to expect. Yes, there will be a classic character trope in play. Yes, it will get broken down and re-arranged. This may seem like a one trick pony, akin to Grant Morrison's continuing attempts to reunite years worth of history into one continuity, used across a range of heroes. But when the results are this good, you can't really complain! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Tevin Murphy Dec 5, 2018

    Overall Prodigy #1 is a fantastically entertaining read with beautiful art and a story thats sure to get your interest. Mark Millar may have just created his best character in Edison Crane and dare I say it might even be some of his best writing. Its not easy crafting an original comic, but as Millar has proven before he is more than up to the task and does a damn good job at it each time he steps up to bat. By the end of the issue we are left with a pretty good understanding of Edison Crane and the type of man that he is. The issue ends just as it began, not with a whimper, but with a BANG, as it is certainly getting right to the point and setting us up for the goods. Im beyond excited about this comic and seeing where Millar takes this character and if Im being honest after one issue Im already interested in seeing the character make the jump to the big screen. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Nov 6, 2018

    Overall, I thought that this was a compelling introduction to this new series. I'm intrigued by the story, the characters and plot twist that's revealed to us. The art is lovely and Edison Crane seems like a cool guy. Go on, you know you want to read it. It's a goodie! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 6, 2018

    Prodigy is Millar's second Netflix title so I'm excited to see how quickly it could be adapted for the small screen. This has all the necessary components to become yet another breakout hit for Millar and an absolute must-read when it arrives in comic stores on Dec. 5. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Dec 5, 2018

    We haven't met someone like Edison Crane in quite some time, and that makes Prodigy a can't-miss series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Chino DT Dec 5, 2018

    Mr. Millar has the habit of offering us excellent and interesting stories like Wanted, Kick-Ass, Superior, Nemesis, Huck, Jupiters Legacy to mention just a few, of course always accompanied by great artists like Alburqueque, J.G. Jones, Quitely, Mc Niven, Romita Jr. so with Prodigy the expectation is high, it is a comic with very much Millar's style although I personally only fear for something: The adaptation to live action, this excellent comic has a challenge to make its adaptation is as good as its print edition. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 5, 2018

    This is a relentlessly fun first issue. There are so many great moments in it from a narrative standpoint. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Nov 9, 2018

    It sucks to always be the smartest guy in the room, but Edison Crane will endure the burden, even if he has to save the world from itself. Mark Millar's latest is all the cruel and edgy stuff fans have come to love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman's Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Dec 4, 2018

    Prodigy is another wildly ambitious book from Mark Millar. While all the action and intrigue are well executed, the books main draw of is the emptiness of main character Edison Crane. I cant wait to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 14, 2018

    A solid introduction issue that has a prodigy demonstrating his abilities before coming upon a mystery. The story is fun and could go in any possible direction due to the talented protagonist. The visuals are beautiful, with both the characters and the settings looking cool. I'm ready for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Dec 5, 2018

    The first issue plants a flag as to who Edison Crane is and what we should expect. It has a solid set-up and a cinematic flair about it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jonathan O'Neal Dec 7, 2018

    "Prodigy" #1 introduces a character and sets up a premise that is perfect for comic book storytelling, a medium that is very forgiving of the relatively minor flaws this book possesses. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Dec 10, 2018

    As a debut, it's vaguely reminiscent of DC's Mr. Terrific, but Albuquerque's stunning art is filled with speed-lines and Marcelo Maiolo's otherworldly colors, ensuring that this cracks along at a pace and transfixed for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Comicsverse - Ronnie Gorham Dec 5, 2018

    Edison Crane's not content being the world's smartest man. His brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. When the government needs him for one of the greatest challenges of all, will he up for the task? The dynamic team of writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque join forces once again to challenge our minds with PRODIGY #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Dec 28, 2018

    The next chapter in the construction of the Millarverse isn't quite as genius as it's namesake but it's a solid, well written first issue that ticks all the boxes. It is well executed by a talented art team and has just enough of a hook to make me want to read the next issue and see where we are headed with the storyline. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Jan 5, 2019

    WritingArtworkColoringStorylineEnjoyment3.8Summary Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Dec 7, 2018

    Millar's skill in setting up Elliot's backstory with economy and grace allows the story to build up to a breakneck speed very quickly. Prodigy #1 is a delightful book on a number of levels, particularly the good, pulpy fun throughout, and the beautiful artwork. If you're looking for a heavier treatment of the themes and story in this issue, this isn't the place to start. But if you're interested in excitement and adventure and a story with a big heart, then Prodigy #1 is the book to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 4, 2018

    With all this untapped potential clearly bubbling beneath the surface, Prodigy is proof that a mind like his can be a terrible thing to waste - so here's hoping the virtuosic talent behind this book can find their voices and find the intellectual substance beneath its bold spectacle. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Dec 4, 2018

    The art by Albuquerque is the best thing the book has going for it, and if you just want to gawk at some pretty pages, this is a good book to do it with. I don't regret reading it, but I can't say I'm particularly compelled to pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 5, 2018

    Thanks to a blandly perfect protagonist, Prodigy #1 is a disappointing debut for the newest Millarworld comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Nov 30, 2018

    A major missed opportunity then, and while this first issue is potentially worth considering for Albaquerques artwork alone, the lack of story, characterisation or any semblance of emotional investment make it a really tough sell. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    AiPT! - Alex Curtis Dec 4, 2018

    I usually enjoy Millar's unabashed stylings. But when he tries to write a super genius trope, it's painfully obvious how little effort he put into writing a convincing character. Without that, this issue falls apart. Read Full Review

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